Atlanta Public Schools to host ‘Violence Prevention Experience’ March 25

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 3:48 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is partnering with counseling organization Chris 180 to host a “Violence Prevention experience” March 25.

“We recognize now more than ever that it’s just an imperative to come together,” said Dr. Lisa Herring, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent.

Atlanta Public Schools is teaming up with the group Chris 180 to hold a youth anti-violence summit this weekend. The organization, which already provides mental health, child welfare, and family services to 19 schools in the district - will offer free workshops Saturday on topics that include managing depression and anxiety, anger and conflict resolution, and identifying gang involvement.

The event coincides with upcoming spring break and the summer months when data show higher rates of violence tend to happen.

“We want to also make resources available to address out of school time. How do we make certain that parents and students have alternatives to keep them engaged, informed, and employed,” said Dr. Herring.

Meanwhile, Dr. Herring is also calling on corporate partners to pitch in and asking for philanthropic support.

“Now more than ever post pandemic, the work that’s tied to student achievement, to invest in our schools, to provide wraparound services, requires more resources than the school alone can provide. That is not to say that we don’t it’s simply to suggest that there is power in numbers,” said Dr. Herring.

The event will be held at Benjamin E. Mays High School, at 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW. Registration is recommended, but not required. Parents can register here. The event begins at 2 p.m and both Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring will be in attendance.